Australian radio station's history of controversies

THE Australian radio station facing criticism for its hoax call to the hospital treating the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge following the death of a nurse has a history of controversies.

Sydney-based 2Day FM was given a five-year licence condition to provide increased protection for children after a 14-year-old girl was strapped to a lie detector test on air and pressured to discuss her sex life.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority warned the station after the incident in 2009, in which the girl revealed live on air that she was raped at the age of 12.

Despite her protests that she was scared and believed the questions were not fair, the hosts of the Kyle & Jackie-O radio show encouraged both the girl and her mother to discuss whether she was sexually active.

The girl responded: I"'ve already told you the story of this and don't look at me and smile because it's not funny. Oh, okay. I got raped when I was 12 years old."

The host then replied: "Right. And is that, is that the only experience you've had?"

In a submission to the Australian regulator in 2009, the Law Society of New South Wales Young Lawyers (LSNSWYL) said: "Overall, we believe that the child was exploited and treated cruelly by 2Day FM. The broadcast made the exploitation all the more humiliating and public."

In another controversy, the radio station said it had raised 150,000 Australian dollars (about £98,000) for a family who believed they were being given the money to help care for their disabled child.

But when they tried to claim the cash, they were instead given the names of those who had pledged money and were not able to collect more than 50,000 dollars (about £33,000), according to LSNSWYL.

LSNSWYL highlighted a series of "Heartless Hotline" shows which involved exploiting disadvantaged individuals who were offered a prize which could be taken away from them by listeners.

It said the stunts "demonstrated a pattern of behaviour that involves the exploitation of the disadvantaged for the entertainment of others".

In one instance, a mother of five children, four of them disabled, was offered tickets to take her family to the Sydney Royal Easter Show - but only if no other heartless listener claimed the tickets within 30 seconds.

In another incident, presenter Kyle Sandilands was suspended for suggesting actress Magda Szubanski, who had recently undergone a high-profile weight loss regime, could lose more weight at a concentration camp. Ms Szubanski's family is originally from Poland.

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11:22am Sat 8 Dec 12

Arty111 says...

Really ! most people (including the Prince) thought it was a harmless prank. Its my believe the British press made too much of it. Its very sad that it ended in such a terrible tragedy.I can just imagine the press and her superiors giving the poor nurse a hard time by telling her that she was silly and that she should have more sense I read what the press said about the radio announcers so I can only imagine what they said about the nurse who took the call.
Really ! most people (including the Prince) thought it was a harmless prank. Its my believe the British press made too much of it. Its very sad that it ended in such a terrible tragedy.I can just imagine the press and her superiors giving the poor nurse a hard time by telling her that she was silly and that she should have more sense I read what the press said about the radio announcers so I can only imagine what they said about the nurse who took the call. Arty111

2:03pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Spy Boy says...

Not a great radio station to listen to then. A whole series of questionable stunts. ( I'll just check that last line again. Don't wish to offend anyone.)
Not a great radio station to listen to then. A whole series of questionable stunts. ( I'll just check that last line again. Don't wish to offend anyone.) Spy Boy

5:08pm Sat 8 Dec 12

st-george1 says...

These dangerous career-misfits at Sydney based 2DAY FM’s radio station, DJs Melanie Greig and Michael Christian’s premeditated and ill-considered actions have brought shame to the people of Australia and the owners of the station who have defended them … as far as I’m concerned they are the abusers of the air-waves who have a disturbing history, forever defended it seems by the owner, Southern Cross Austereo and its CEO Rhys Holleran … NOT SO FUNNY NOW IS IT !
Will the Australian Government give this radio station a severe dose of Murdock-style treatment … forced closure would be a start, then a police investigation would be nice too … including the Australian Communications and Media Authority who need to show the world they are fit and proper people to take the appropriate action to de-licence this broadcaster once and for all !
These dangerous career-misfits at Sydney based 2DAY FM’s radio station, DJs Melanie Greig and Michael Christian’s premeditated and ill-considered actions have brought shame to the people of Australia and the owners of the station who have defended them … as far as I’m concerned they are the abusers of the air-waves who have a disturbing history, forever defended it seems by the owner, Southern Cross Austereo and its CEO Rhys Holleran … NOT SO FUNNY NOW IS IT ! Will the Australian Government give this radio station a severe dose of Murdock-style treatment … forced closure would be a start, then a police investigation would be nice too … including the Australian Communications and Media Authority who need to show the world they are fit and proper people to take the appropriate action to de-licence this broadcaster once and for all ! st-george1

5:41pm Sat 8 Dec 12

Voice-of-reality says...

1. Has suicide been proved? - No.
2. Did the nurse in question reveal sensitive information? - No: she merely transferred the call to the ward.
3. If it was suicide and if that was due to transferring a call - it would suggest that the NHS is not rigorous enough in ensuring that the staff it appoints are robust of person.
1. Has suicide been proved? - No. 2. Did the nurse in question reveal sensitive information? - No: she merely transferred the call to the ward. 3. If it was suicide and if that was due to transferring a call - it would suggest that the NHS is not rigorous enough in ensuring that the staff it appoints are robust of person. Voice-of-reality

1:25pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Arty111 says...

st-george1 wrote:
These dangerous career-misfits at Sydney based 2DAY FM’s radio station, DJs Melanie Greig and Michael Christian’s premeditated and ill-considered actions have brought shame to the people of Australia and the owners of the station who have defended them … as far as I’m concerned they are the abusers of the air-waves who have a disturbing history, forever defended it seems by the owner, Southern Cross Austereo and its CEO Rhys Holleran … NOT SO FUNNY NOW IS IT !
Will the Australian Government give this radio station a severe dose of Murdock-style treatment … forced closure would be a start, then a police investigation would be nice too … including the Australian Communications and Media Authority who need to show the world they are fit and proper people to take the appropriate action to de-licence this broadcaster once and for all !
Get a life St -george! , If the hypocritical british press had not made such an issue over such a trivial matter then we wouldn't have had such a terrible ending to this story. It was a Prank for gods sake....I thought Poms had a sense of humour! or does that mean ..when it suits?
[quote][p][bold]st-george1[/bold] wrote: These dangerous career-misfits at Sydney based 2DAY FM’s radio station, DJs Melanie Greig and Michael Christian’s premeditated and ill-considered actions have brought shame to the people of Australia and the owners of the station who have defended them … as far as I’m concerned they are the abusers of the air-waves who have a disturbing history, forever defended it seems by the owner, Southern Cross Austereo and its CEO Rhys Holleran … NOT SO FUNNY NOW IS IT ! Will the Australian Government give this radio station a severe dose of Murdock-style treatment … forced closure would be a start, then a police investigation would be nice too … including the Australian Communications and Media Authority who need to show the world they are fit and proper people to take the appropriate action to de-licence this broadcaster once and for all ![/p][/quote]Get a life St -george! , If the hypocritical british press had not made such an issue over such a trivial matter then we wouldn't have had such a terrible ending to this story. It was a Prank for gods sake....I thought Poms had a sense of humour! or does that mean ..when it suits? Arty111

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